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ImageCandyce
Mar 29, 2010 5:24 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Welcome, welcome!
We're happy to have you join us!
BTW - I love your Cubit and your articles!!!
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Imagerannveig
Mar 29, 2010 7:05 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Thank you Candyce ...... you'd faint if you saw the mess at my house though *Blush* I'm a hopeless scatterbrain and get constantly distracted from those tedious house chores (which I really hate) by things I find more enjoyable ...... (sigh) I really need to get organized and somehow get this place into shape. It's so overwhelming I don't even know where to start ..... I have fibromyalgia so I'm finding it pretty impossible to stay on top of things. This week's goal is to get the house cleaned for easter ..... I like the idea of the playbook, I need to get me one of those. One question about that - how big is a 3 ring binder? We don't have those over here .....
ImageCandyce
Mar 29, 2010 7:26 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Anything you can put papers into, such as a notebook one might take to school will work. I have even printed out my pages and then stapled them together once before!

The point is, is to have something you can refer to throughout the day and check off the things you have done. Some call it a Daily Planner, too!

You sound like what Marla would call a "SHE" - a Sidetracked Home Executive, if you will. Having the 'Playbook' helps you to stay on track, discipline yourself, if you will, to get "X" amount of tasks completed and then reward yourself with something fun!

Some days, I play 15s with my gals on a list I belong to. We work for 15 minutes at one task, 15 minutes at another task, then a final 15 minutes at still another task. Then we all get together online and tell each other what we have accomplished in our past 45 minutes. You'd be amazed at what you can accomplish in just 15 minutes!

There are many ladies on the list that have fibromyalgia as well. I'm always amazed at their stamina!
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ImageTwinLakesChef
Mar 30, 2010 6:50 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Ran,
Good to see you here. Candyce makes it fun!

* * * did I really say that? * * *
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ImageCandyce
Mar 30, 2010 7:40 AM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Yes. Yes you did!
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Imagerannveig
Mar 30, 2010 8:17 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Thank you Arlene
Imageknoxred
Mar 30, 2010 8:25 AM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
Oh, thank God! Rann, I'm so glad to see another confessed non-domestic goddess here.

Candyce is simply amazing, but you would expect that of a fairy godmother (yeah, we know what "Grandmother Extraordinaire" really means! You're not fooling us.) It's not humanly possible to do all that she does, so she must be using that magic wand of hers.

Arlene has not only thought of all these tasks already, but she completed them yesterday, all while cooking up a storm and writing about it.

And, Annmarie, well I suspect she's really just doing all this stuff in one of her miniature dollhouses. This couch diving task for today should be a snap-- those dollhouse couches are only a couple inches long! Hilarious!
ImageCandyce
Mar 30, 2010 8:30 AM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Omigosh!! Too funny!
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Imagerannveig
Mar 30, 2010 8:33 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Hi knoxred ..... yeah I'm the complete opposite of a domestic goddess Hilarious! I did finally manage to take the car for an oil change ...... and go grocery shopping for the easter weekend ...... so pretty darned pleased with myself right now! Hilarious!
ImageCandyce
Mar 30, 2010 9:14 AM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Give yourself a big pat on the back, Rann! You did very well!
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Image1AnjL
Mar 30, 2010 11:21 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Hilarious! Hilarious! my doll house has nothing in it Hilarious! Hilarious! housecleaning there would be a breeze! LOL

I think its easier for me to clean now because I am always on top of it. but it took me a long time to get there Sad We used to have 7 teenagers living here just a few years ago, then they started moving out one by one ~funny thing....7 kids in a 3 bedroom house, if you dont expand...they leave! Hilarious! ) now we are just down to 3 kids 2 who are gone all day working or school and my youngest who is in school and 2 sports, so by the time he gets home all he wants to do is homework, shower and sleep Hilarious! so there is now a lot less cleaning than it used to be Hurray!
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All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
Imagerannveig
Mar 30, 2010 12:12 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
I'm trying very hard to get my two girls to start helping with the cleaning up since they're really got the messing up part down to an artform! Hilarious!

I anticipate that it'll be a long and winding road and that I'll need all my patience and then some Rolling my eyes. Hopefully we'll get there eventually.
Image1AnjL
Mar 30, 2010 12:21 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Hilarious! I think the one job I noticed most reduced was the wall washing Big Grin It seemed that when the kids were here, I was constantly washing walls and door frames and oh the floors too! Now with most of them moved out, I was marveling at how clean my walls looked....until I looked down and saw all the toddler level dirt from my grandson Hilarious! Now I'm on hands and knees again starting a whole new cleaning cycle again Whistling

With my teens getting them to pick up their stuff was pretty easy. If it was their items (jackets, school books, skateboards etc) I waited 15 minutes, then locked it in my closet for a full 24 hours Big Grin midterm test or not...they didnt get it back for 24 hours. I loved picking up their shoes after that! Hilarious!
If it was garbage, dirty dishes or candy wrappers etc, I would pick them up and place them on top of their beds. It only took my step kids a few weeks and I had them all trained Rolling on the floor laughing
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageCandyce
Mar 30, 2010 12:28 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Ohhhhhh, Annmarie! What a mess that must have made on their beds! But, what a great way to drive a point home!
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Image1AnjL
Mar 30, 2010 12:30 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
oh yes! you should have seen it when there was still kool aid in the cup! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
All Things Hobby
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ImageCandyce
Mar 30, 2010 1:21 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Lovey dubby Oh my!
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Imagequilter5
Mar 30, 2010 2:21 PM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
My kind of Mom!!!! My Mom did that to us when we were young and it didn't take long at all for us to learn what a wastebasket was for. She also was great for hiding the things we left hanging around and we didn't get them back until we "found" them. I think she hid them until she felf we may have learned something...Lord, how I miss her.......
Image1AnjL
Mar 30, 2010 2:25 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Hilarious! Barb, my mom would charge us a quarter to get them back...we never had a quarter...so we had to work doing some odd job for her to earn the money to get our school work back Big Grin My kids have too much money unfortunately, so they would just pay and get it outta hock easily with no lesson learned. The gross dirty dishes on top of their unmade beds worked as a 'really quick' lesson Hilarious! DH balked at first, until he saw how fast it worked Big Grin
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
Imagequilter5
Mar 30, 2010 5:25 PM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
Sometimes they just need a touch of tough love. I'm very proud of parents who do NOT give in to or give up on their kids. It' seems as if it's harder to be as strict and in control now. IMHO Parents have lost too many of their choices as to how to raise their children. But that's just my humble opinion......
ImageCandyce
Mar 30, 2010 6:16 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
I love the way both of you think. We need more parents like you.

When my youngest, now 24, was much younger, she lost her favorite Care Bear to the "toy troll'. The toy troll would come and snatch up any toy that was left out where it wasn't supposed to be. She was heart-broken, but it was something that stuck with her. She still talks about the 'toy troll', and often reminds her nieces not to leave things laying about.
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